New standards:
Addressing pain management
while avoiding opioid overuse

Aiming to help hospitals best address patients’ pain while minimizing risk of opioid overuse, The Joint Commission has unveiled revised pain management standards for accredited hospitals effective January 1, 2018.

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Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare Appoints Director of Customer Engagement

The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare announces the appointment of Dawn R. Allbee, MA, as director of customer engagement.

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The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety is a peer-reviewed journal on innovative thinking, strategies, and practices in improving quality and safety in health care.

Inside the Latest Issue

This month, the Journal features studies on antimicrobial stewardship, patient falls, bedside surveillance and response, patient-centered medical homes and electronic health records. Obtain access to the latest table of contents, abstracts and other supplemental materials.

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